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Dan Steinberg at the D.C. Sports Bog wrote an awesome post about a guy named Miles Rawls trash talking with Obama at the Verizon Center Friday. Rawls is the play by play man for the Goodman Summer League games in Southeast – so he can definitely talk a little smack. Those games are a D.C. tradition where amateurs, street ballers, and occasionally pro athletes show up in the inner city to play ball. If you’ve seen the first season of The Wire, they have an episode based around the Baltimore version of this sort of thing… and if you haven’t, check out this video of a game.

I really wish I could have been there to watch… here’s a little taste of Steinberg’s post:

And while they talked through much of the game, Rawls–who had never met a President–said no lines were crossed. “I wasn’t disrespectful,” he said. “I know my limits.”

So, for example, he told the President that if he was rooting for the visitors, he was “gonna have to keep it to a low roar, because we’re cheering for the Wizards over here.” Obama, in turn, repeatedly needled Rawls about the Wizards’ habit of letting leads evaporate, especially when the Bulls made a run.

“We was just going back and forth,” Rawls said. “Once Chicago started coming back, he told me, ‘Now I think you need to sit down.’ When Tyrus Thomas dunked on somebody, he turned around, was talking smack. Then JaVale McGee had that alley-oop, and he gave me the high five. We was just supporting each others’ team, having a good time.”

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